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NorthWestern Energy is asking the state Public Service Commission (PSC) to approve a new fee that certain customers will have to pay if they generate more energy than they use and feed it onto the electric grid, a process known as net-metering.
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Rooftop Solar Customers Could See Higher Rates Under NorthWestern Plan

Advocates for homeowners generating electricity through rooftop solar panels protested a request by the state’s largest utility Thursday that could increase power bills for some of those customers.

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House Bill 300, introduced in the 2019 Montana Legislative session, called for a 2.5 percent sales tax and the elimination of certain property taxes.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

Montana Lawmakers Plan Tax Policy Review

Montana Public Radio Reporters Rack Up Associated Press Awards

MISSOULA – Montana Public Radio reporters have earned numerous awards from the Associated Press Television and Radio Association for their work in 2018, including an "Outstanding News Operation" award.

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Zoey goat, May 10, 2019.
Sam Manno

Zoey’s Coat: Saying Goodbye To An Elder Of The Herd

Zoey’s Coat now sits on a shelf in the milking Parlor. Over the past few years she wore it to help her get through Montana’s winter and the cold nights of spring. On Friday, May 3 around 6 p.m. I made the decision, along with my veterinarian, Dr. Rollet Pryun, to end Zoey’s life.

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Zoey goat, May 10, 2019.
Sam Manno

Zoey’s Coat now sits on a shelf in the milking Parlor. Over the past few years she wore it to help her get through Montana’s winter and the cold nights of spring.

On Friday, May 3 around 6 p.m. I made the decision, along with my veterinarian, Dr. Rollet Pryun, to end Zoey’s life.

A new federal bill co-sponsored by Montana’s Democratic Senator Jon Tester proposes temporarily stopping large food and agribusiness corporations from consolidating. It aims to increase competition in the market to support better prices for farmers and ranchers.

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Memorial Day 2019 is Monday and there’s no shortage of Montana events planned to mark the occasion.

NorthWestern Energy building in Butte, Montana.
Nora Saks / Montana Public Radio

Environmental advocacy groups and the state’s largest utility company are arguing over how much customers should pay for power coming from the coal-fired power plant in Colstrip.

For the first time in 10 years Montana regulators are revisiting NorthWestern Energy’s ownership at Colstrip in a big picture look at how much the company earns and charges its customers.

NorthWestern Energy is asking the state Public Service Commission (PSC) to approve a new fee that certain customers will have to pay if they generate more energy than they use and feed it onto the electric grid, a process known as net-metering.
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Advocates for homeowners generating electricity through rooftop solar panels protested a request by the state’s largest utility Thursday that could increase power bills for some of those customers.

US - Canada border at the Opheim-West Poplar River border crossing as seen in 2010.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Thursday said it’s made its decision to reduce the hours at three ports of entry from Saskatchewan into Montana.

Starting June 1 the ports of Scobey, Morgan and Opheim will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. That’s a reduction from 13 hours a day to 10.


In a place like Gold Fork, sometimes a secret is the only thing that’s really yours.

Ana, Davis, Erik, and Georgie know that best. Bound together by a horrible tragedy from their pasts, they forged a friendship that has lasted through high school. In a town full of weekenders, they all know what it’s like to be dead enders, fated to stay trapped in a tourist destination for the rest of their lives.

Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer and his wife Lindsey at the University of Utah hospital.
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Missoula paused Wednesday afternoon to welcome home a Montana Highway Patrol Trooper critically wounded this spring in the line of duty.

Wade and Lindsey Palmer’s flight from the University of Utah hospital landed in Missoula midday Wednesday. Roughly 100 people lined West Broadway Street in front of Saint Patrick Hospital to honor the Palmer's return to western Montana and cheer on his motorcade escort.

Hilary Cooley, the grizzly bear recovery coordinator for the Fish and Wildlife Service, presenting at an annual meeting on grizzlies in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, Nov. 20, 2018.
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

The Trump Administration must decide by Friday whether to appeal a ruling from a federal judge in Missoula last fall that put Yellowstone-area grizzly bears back on the endangered species list.

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